El Niño Preparation
Below are suggestions, along with state and local resources, to help you and your family prepare should the Inland Empire encounter heavy rains, flooding and other types of damage associated with El Niño.
- Get flood insurance. You can’t get flood insurance at the last minute. In most cases, it takes 30 days for a new flood insurance policy to go into effect. It's also important to know that only flood insurance covers flood damage. Most standard homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage.
- Know your flood risk. Visit FloodSmart.gov (or call 1-800-427-2419) to learn more about individual flood risk and explore coverage options to find an agent in your area.
- Take time to familiarize yourself with resources on Ready.gov to know what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
- Complete a family communication plan. Form a plan with your family to contact one another in an emergency and identify meeting locations.
- Plan Ahead. If you live in high risk area, plan evacuation routes.
- Keep important papers in a safe, waterproof place. Conduct a home inventory; itemize and take pictures of possessions.
- Preparing for a flood
- Family disaster plan
- Where to get sandbags
- What to do in case of a flood
- Report road or flood problems
- County road closures
State & County Resources
San Bernardino County